January 30-February 5, 2017
PRESENTED BY THE AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
For schedule of events, go to: www.wmphoenixopen.com/spectator-info/calendar-of-events/
The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community returns to Scottsdale January 30-February 5 for a week of fun-filled excitement, warm winter weather and world-class golf.
Each year, more than 500,000 people converge on the Valley of the Sun from all over the globe to see the PGA TOUR’s best tee it up at TPC Scottsdale for their share of the $6.7 million purse. And while the winner’s cut will be hefty, it pales in comparison to the extraordinary charitable contributions of The Thunderbirds. As the host, The Thunderbirds donated a record-breaking $9,369,873 just last year alone, and an amazing $111 million in its 81-year history.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played Thursday-Sunday (February 2 – 5), but there will still be plenty of things to see and do at TPC Scottsdale all week long. Tuesday, Feb. 2, will feature the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day activities located across the street at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course practice range. The festivities include a junior clinic sponsored by PING, motivational speeches from PGA TOUR professionals and a trick-shot golf show. Additionally, the Special Olympics Open will take place on Tuesday at TPC Scottsdale’s putting green, showcasing Special Olympian athletes, celebrities, sports stars and business leaders from the community.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, brings the ever-popular Annexus Pro-Am to TPC Scottsdale where fans can catch a glimpse of celebrities, rock stars, professional athletes, coaches and community leaders playing with the TOUR pros. Fans are encouraged to stick around at the 16th hole for the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory. Past contestants of this unique closest-to-the-pin contest include Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, country music star Dierks Bentley, 13-time MLB All-Star Ken Griffey Jr., Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer, rock star Alice Cooper and last year’s winner Emmitt Smith.
Wednesday is also the first night of the Coors Light Birds Nest, a four-night music extravaganza located inside an enormous tent across the street from the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Birds Nest, with its great music, beautiful patrons and enthusiastic partying, has earned near legendary status on the PGA TOUR offering a show totally unlike anything associated with professional golf.
On Saturday, February 6, the tournament invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual GREEN OUT. Players and fans are encouraged to wear green to showcase their support for the environment, the community and all that Waste Management is doing to solidify the tournaments status as not only the greenest event on the PGA TOUR, but also the most charitable. For every person who wears green on Saturday, The Thunderbirds will donate “green” to three charities including Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s “Change the Course,” Arizona Recycling Coalition and the Arizona Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (AZ SWANA).
With the conclusion of the final round on Super Bowl Sunday, a new champion will be crowned when he hoists the Crystal Thunderbird Trophy on the 18th green, but the Waste Management Phoenix Open doesn’t quite end with the final putt. The Post Open Pro-Am will be held the Monday following Sunday’s round offering players one final chance to live out their PGA TOUR fantasies.
Whether you’re a golf fanatic, prolific partier or concert connoisseur, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has something for everyone and is definitely the place to be in early February.